by Joseph Klein
While Pence is slammed for not playing along with Kim Jong-Un’s propaganda games.
Move over, Oprah Winfrey, the leftist media has found a new heroine to lionize. Her name is Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean "Rocket Man" dictator Kim Jong-un. Ms. Kim Yo-jong is her brother’s close adviser and has a lofty title: Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party.
The establishment media has been fawning all over the dictator’s sister ever since she arrived at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. In doing so, they have turned a blind eye to the key purpose of her attendance at the Winter Olympics: to drive a wedge in the U.S.-South Korean alliance with her charm offensive. Ms. Kim Yo-jong’s soft smiles for the cameras were enough for the media to put on their rose-colored glasses when viewing a propagandist who has helped cover up or rationalize the starvation, executions, torture, militarization and reckless nuclear threats that are the trademarks of her brother’s vicious regime.
Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, was present at the opening of the Winter Olympics, making a statement that the United States would not allow North Korea to “hijack the Olympics . . . in terms of optics and messaging.” Though sitting close to Ms. Kim Yo-jong, Pence made sure to ignore her.
The Washington Post's totalitarian romance was on full display, as it ran with the headline: “The ‘Ivanka Trump of North Korea’ captivates people in the South at the Olympics.” The author referred to Ms. Kim Yo-jong as “a political princess” with “a sphinxlike smile who gave nothing away during her three-day Olympic-related visit to South Korea as brother Kim Jong Un’s special envoy.”
As if it were commenting on a battle of celebrities, the New York Times declared the dictator’s sister the winner of a “game of diplomatic image-making.” The Times' article, entitled “Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns On the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight,” dismissed Vice President Pence’s “old message — that the United States would continue to ratchet up ‘maximum sanctions’ until the North dismantled its nuclear arsenal.” Ms. Kim Yo-jong, on the other hand, was reported to be carrying “messages of reconciliation.” No doubt, she crafted her beguiling messages back in her Deputy Director’s office at the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party before arriving in South Korea.
The Times article quoted “analysts of Korean affairs” who criticized Vice President Pence for missing a valuable opportunity to engage with Kim Jong-un’s sister and her entourage. NPR similarly reported that “Vice President Mike Pence is facing backlash for his staunch efforts to ignore North Korean officials at the Winter Olympic Games, even as the two Koreas continued their temporary truce, marching and competing as one team.”
What do these progressive critics believe Vice President Pence should have said to Ms. Kim Yo-jong? Was he supposed to beg her to use her charm to persuade her brother to stop testing any more nukes and intercontinental missiles? If the leftist reporters truly cared about peace and social justice, they would, of course, be pushing for Ms. Kim Yo-jong to be asked if she has any message of condolence for Fred and Cindy Warmbier, the parents of the American student who died last year after being imprisoned and tortured by the North Korean regime. Ms. Kim Yo-jong could, after all, easily deliver the message directly to Fred Warmbier herself if given the chance, since Vice President Pence brought Fred Warmbier as his guest to Pyeongchang. But perhaps the North Korean dictator’s sister would have to stop smiling if she found herself standing face-to-face with Mr. Warmbier.
But the leftist media has other priorities. That's why CNN published a story claiming Kim Yo-jong was “stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.” Apparently, the athletes competing at the Winter Olympics are no longer the star attractions as far as CNN is concerned. Then again, how could figure skating or snowboarding possibly compete with the personage whom CNN, the Washington Post and other media have referred to as “North Korea's Ivanka Trump"?
CNN's gushing did not stop there. "If 'diplomatic dance' were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's younger sister would be favored to win gold," the network continued. Kim Yo-jong did, after all, invite South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea. And who could forget the sugar-coated message she penned in the guest book at the presidential Blue House after meeting South Korea’s president. "I hope Pyongyang and Seoul get closer in our people's hearts and move forward the future of prosperous unification," Kim Jong-un's sister and key propagandist wrote. Not mentioned was that the Kim family’s idea of unification would mean unification on terms dictated by North Korea, backed up by its nuclear arsenal.
The leftist media’s fawning over North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister is, of course, nothing new. The progressives' fellow traveling continues. The Left is always engaged in its malicious and destructive Unholy Alliance with our totalitarian adversaries. And it is also no great departure when it comes to the Olympics. Even in writing about Nazi Germany’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 1936, for instance, the New York Times reported at that time that the Games put Germans "back in the fold of nations," and even made them "more human again." Foreign correspondent William Shirer was in a distinct minority of journalists when he lamented in his diary on August 16, 1936 that “I'm afraid the Nazis have succeeded with their propaganda.”
The North Korean regime has just pulled off the same propaganda victory at this year’s Winter Olympics, led by its Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party and enabled by the deranged and Trump-hating leftist media.
Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.
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